University of Nottingham Ningbo China - Head of School Economics, Professor of Economics

China, Ningbo, Yinzhou Qu, Ningbo Shi

The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China is seeking to appoint a Professor and Head of the School of Economics.

About the School and University Nottingham Ningbo China:

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was established in 2004 and was the first Sino-foreign University to open its doors in China with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is run by the University of Nottingham, a world top 1% university (QS Ranking), with co-operation from Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Currently the University has more than 8000 students and 850 staff members from 70 countries and regions worldwide, and the number is still growing.

The School of Economics sits in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNNC. With a range of courses for both undergraduate and graduate students (including taught modules for coursework masters and PhD students), our degree programmes combine the core analytical and quantitative techniques required by modern economics with an in-depth study of topical issues, informed by the research of academics who are field specialists.

The School has particular strengths in the fields of applied econometrics, health economics and international economics, with emerging strengths in behavioural economics and economic theory. The School of Economics currently hosts three of the University of Nottingham UK’s research centres: the Globalisation and Economic Policy Research Centre (GEP China); the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CEDEX China); and the Centre for Health Economics (CHE China). These centres support academic exchange, international conferences and funded research activity in the areas of international economics and trade, behavioural and experimental economics, and health economics.

Your Responsibility

You will be expected:

  • To lead, inspire and develop the School, with and through its members, to ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence in all activities.
  • To undertake academic leadership and managerial responsibilities within the School.
  • To have a significant impact on the direction, strategy, objectives and results of the University by influencing and shaping the available resources as appropriate to meet the current and future needs of the University.
  • To provide strong, inspiring and outstanding leadership to take the School to the next stage of strategic development.
  • To be responsible for strategic and financial planning, teaching and learning within the School, workload planning and the School’s research culture.
  • To manage staff in a cooperative and collegiate manner and review the performance of colleagues.

About You:

 We are seeking a strong leader who has:

  • Proven leadership in managing a team of academics or a group of researchers.
  • A substantial record of achievement in leading and managing academic activity.
  • A strong academic record and a recognised research or professional profile in one or more of the disciplines represented within the School.
  • An outstanding track record in education. Candidates for this position will be committed to building a first-class student experience and community, putting academic standards and rigour centre-stage.
  • Able to deliver a compelling vision for the School, consistent with the University’s drive for excellence.
  • PhD or equivalent.

Your Remuneration, Benefits and Support

 This post is available from September 2022, or as soon thereafter as possible, and will initially be offered on a fixed-term substantive contract as Professor with the University of Nottingham Ningbo China for a period of up to five years. This contract may be extended on an indefinite basis based on mutual agreement.

In addition to a substantive academic appointment as Professor, the successful candidate will be offered the appointment of Head of School, on a fixed-term appointment for a period of up to four years. This appointment may be extended based on mutual agreement.  An allowance in recognition of the additional responsibilities taken as Head of School will be offered.

UNNC is committed to providing competitive employment packages while supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help them reach their full potential. You will have access to a range of benefits and rewards, including accommodation allowance, insurances, schooling support, home flights, relocation and repatriation support and paid annual leave. An eligible successful candidate will be invited to apply for key talent projects in China in priority with the reward of research funding and opportunities from Government.  

How to Apply:

Informal enquiries and applications may be addressed to Natalie Derry or Mary Comer at WittKieffer via email to or

Applications should include:

  • a full academic CV
  • a cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria

Closing Date: 7 January 2022